Rev. Jonathan Pryer • email@example.com
Pastor Jonathan Pryer graduated from Sayville High School in 1990. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA where he majored in Russian and Spanish Languages. While at Lafayette, Pastor Pryer became involved with a campus Christian Fellowship. From his sophomore year through his senior year, he led a campus Bible study, in addition to organizing daily campus prayer meetings Monday through Saturday. While enjoying his language studies, Pastor began to experience an inward call to ministry and a desire to deepen his theological studies. In 1993, he participated in a missions trip with Youth For Christ to Merida Mexico, building sidewalks and functioning as a Spanish interpreter for the group. Pastor Pryer graduated from Lafayette in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Spanish. In 1996, he entered Long Island University and graduated in 1997 with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and joined the staff at Sayville Library as a Reference Librarian in 1996.
In 1999, Pastor Pryer enrolled in seminary and while working full- time at the library, attended theology classes part-time. While in seminary, he became more involved in the ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sayville, NY. While there, he became the Church’s Deacon and through opportunities available, he preached regularly, became the Church’s Cantor and was invited by parishioners to do weddings and funerals. Ten years later Jonathan completed seminary and in 2009, graduated with his Master of Divinity. In 2010, he began transitioning from the LCMS into the ELCA and subsequently joined the ELCA Candidacy Program in 2012. He continued the ELCA Candidacy Process, while assisting St. Paul’s in the Divine Service and teaching the 6th grade confirmation class. On January 17, 2016, Pastor Pryer was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry and installed as the part-time Associate Pastor here at St Paul’s. Pastor Pryer is fluent in Russian and Spanish and has a conversant knowledge of French and Italian. He enjoys singing, finding particular comfort in cantoring the Psalms. He is also a private pilot and enjoys flying throughout the northeast.
REV. bob cederstrom • firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Bob has been serving as an Associate Pastor at St. Paul's since 2007. He attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and holds a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary in NYC, a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology and adaptive physical education from Brooklyn College. Pastor Bob also serves as Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in New Hyde Park and is the Dean of the MNYS Western Nassau Conference. Before answering God's call to ministry of Word and Sacrament, Pastor Bob taught Middle School in Brooklyn and was an adjunct professor at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn for 25 years. Pastor Bob served in the United States Navy and is a decorated Vietnam Veteran.
Deacon Debbie Peltz
Debbie Peltz was Set Apart as a Synodical Deacon on April 14, 2018 and established and leads our Stephen Ministry at St. Paul’s.
In addition, Debbie is active with our Fully Rely on God (FROG) ministry which serves our widows. Each month Debbie provides them with spiritual ministry that includes hymn discovery, bible history, meditation, and even games! Debbie is also a service assistant, prepares and distributes our quarterly service/reader schedule, sings in the choir, rings in the Bell Choir and assists on the music and worship committee. Once a week, she volunteers in the church office to help out where ever needed.
Debbie and her husband Randy have two children, Zachary and Rebecca. When she’s not at St. Paul’s, she’s busy with her family, teaching woodwinds, playing clarinet and singing around Long Island.
Debbie says serving St. Paul’s gives her great pleasure and she’s honored to serve where ever the Holy Spirit leads.
Deacon JoAnne Rasmussen
JoAnne Rasmussen has been a member of St. Paul’s since 1965 when her father was transferred to New York and their family moved from Brookfield, Wisconsin. JoAnne and her husband, Larry were married at St. Paul’s in 1971 and their two children attended Sunday School and confirmation programs here.
St. Paul’s has been a blessing to JoAnne’s whole family where weddings and three grandchildren’s baptisms were held.
After graduating Diakonia in 1985, JoAnne served for a dozen years in various functions including Stewardship, Social Ministry, Youth Ministry and leadership roles on Church Council. JoAnne was Set Apart as a Synodical Deacon on January 20, 2007 and her installation service was held at St. Paul’s on January 28, 2007. Her service and dedication focused on our youth. She led our teens on several week-long Group Work Camp trips. There, they repaired homes and provided maintenance for needy families in many locations. In the past, JoAnne also assisted with confirmation classes and children’s programs.
Today, JoAnne continues to assist our Pastors during weekly worship services.
DEACON Ed Basche, Retired
Ed Basche has been a member of St. Paul’s since 1974. Ed served on the Church Council for many years, and taught Confirmation for 17 years.
He was consecrated as a Deacon in the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) by Bishop Rudolph P.F. Ressmeyer and Ed was called to St. Paul’s on November 29, 1987. In 1988, the AELC and the Lutheran Church in
America merged to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Ed’s ministry was focused on working with the Catholic church in Wyandanch in their outreach center serving the poor. In February 1997, Ed was Set Apart as a Synodical Deacon in the ELCA by Bishop Stephen P. Bouman. Ed served as a Deacon of Word and Service, preaching on many occasions when our Pastor was absent. Ed formed a Senior Group 2002 and a men’s breakfast group in 2019, both groups are still active today.
He married his first wife in 1963, and she passed away in June 1991 of cancer. He remarried in August 1992 to Carolyn Hyatt. They have five children, and ten grand children between them. Ed retired from being an active Deacon in January 2022 after 34 years. Ed loved serving the congregation of St. Paul’s and the loving people he had the pleasure of knowing.